Kinky medic who fon­dled with gen­i­tals is banged up

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AN os­teopath who meted out in­ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ments to pa­tients over a 12-year pe­riod has been jailed for 18 months.

Former prac­ti­tioner Mark Pi­raino’s life was de­scribed by his de­fence bar­ris­ter as be­ing “in ru­ins” af­ter he was con­victed on ten charges.

When male pa­tients went to see Pi­raino at his es­tab­lish­ments suf­fer­ing from merely headaches or a knee in­juries, the twisted medic seemed more in­ter­est in the groin area, a court heard.

Pi­raino, 40, would tell them to strip naked and then touch and fon­dle their gen­i­tals.

On one oc­ca­sion he even told a young stu­dent to bring along porn as he needed to get an erec­tion be­fore he could be di­ag­nosed for pos­si­ble tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, it was said.

Pi­raino, a mar­ried fa­ther of two young daugh­ters, de­nied all wrong­do­ing but a jury found him guilty on five counts of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child and a fur­ther five of in­de­cent as­sault.

Pi­raino was a tu­tor at the Euro­pean School of Os­teopa­thy, in Maid­stone, Kent, as well as run­ning the West­way Clinic, in Red­hill, Sur­rey, and work­ing at the Body Bal­ance in Rom­ford, Es­sex.

He now faces be­ing struck off by the Gen­eral Os­teo­pathic Coun­cil.

Jail­ing him at Guild­ford Crown Court, Judge Michael Ad­di­son said the de­fen­dant’s crimes rep­re­sented “a gross breach of trust”.

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